Looking for a career in healthcare or a health-related field? Allied Health may be for you!
The field of Allied Health encompasses a broad range of health professionals who provide medical services to support physicians in overall patient care. Allied Health professionals work across a variety of settings from hospitals and community settings to laboratories and research institutions. As part of an interdisciplinary team, they seek to prevent, diagnose, treat, and educate patients on illness and disease. At least six out of ten health professionals are in an allied health field, and allied health professionals make a difference in patients' lives every day! The Allied Health Sciences major is available on the Storrs and Waterbury campuses.
From the Department Head
Welcome to the Spring 2023 semester. With a steadfast focus on educating and advising students, conducting innovative research, and engaging with communities throughout the state to improve health and wellness, we continue to build on past successes. Our purpose is to prepare leaders for a broad range of health-related professions. Students at all levels benefit from working with our distinguished faculty of recognized experts in areas of health promotion and disease prevention. We have recently grown our faculty, adding to our extensive research portfolio that leads the college in federally funded research, and to the curriculum of graduate and undergraduate courses. Through our research initiatives and professional training programs, we are out in communities addressing the health needs of some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals in the state.
At both the Storrs and Waterbury Campus, our undergraduate major, designed to launch students into a variety of health careers or graduate studies, is among the five largest in the University and one of UConn's highest enrolled majors with multiple concentrations. Our nationally-accredited professional programs in Diagnostic Genetic Sciences, Dietetics, and Medical Laboratory Sciences produce workforce-ready professionals who are prepared for licensure exams in their chosen fields. Our growing graduate programs include a Master's and PhD in Health Promotion Sciences. Additionally, our post-baccalaureate programs help individuals advance their career goals in Diagnostic Genetic Sciences, Dietetics, Medical Laboratory Sciences, and Occupational Safety and Health.
It's an exciting time to be a part of this Department as we continue to prepare students to take an active role in shaping the future of healthcare and health research.
The Department is home to one of UConn's highest enrolled undergraduate majors with more than 800 students in the Allied Health Sciences Major. Our professional programs in Diagnostic Genetic Sciences, Dietetics, and Medical Laboratory Sciences are open to juniors and seniors who typically begin their academic journey as Allied Health Sciences majors. Check out our Advising Center for information about declaring a major in the Department.
Graduate students can choose between a Master's or PhD in Health Promotion Sciences or a Master's in Health Care Genetics. Our Master's in Genetic Counseling program is currently under development and expected to begin enrolling for fall 2019.
Have a bachelor's degree and looking to take the next step? Our post-baccalaureate certificates in Diagnostic Genetic Sciences, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Occupational Safety & Health and our Dietetic Internship program will prepare you to advance in your chosen field or career. Most programs take 12-18 months to complete.